Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Qatar instead of Afghanistan, you would:

Health

live 26.6 years longer


In Afghanistan, the average life expectancy is 53 years (51 years for men, 54 years for women) as of 2020. In Qatar, that number is 79 years (77 years for men, 82 years for women) as of 2020.

be 6.4 times more likely to be obese


In Afghanistan, 5.5% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Qatar, that number is 35.1% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 62.0 times more money


Afghanistan has a GDP per capita of $2,000 as of 2017, while in Qatar, the GDP per capita is $124,100 as of 2017.

be 62.8% less likely to be unemployed


In Afghanistan, 23.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Qatar, that number is 8.9% as of 2017.

Life

be 98.6% less likely to die during childbirth


In Afghanistan, approximately 638.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Qatar, 9.0 women do as of 2017.

be 2.2 times more likely to be literate


In Afghanistan, the literacy rate is 43.0% as of 2018. In Qatar, it is 93.5% as of 2017.

be 94.5% less likely to die during infancy


In Afghanistan, approximately 104.3 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Qatar, on the other hand, 5.7 children do as of 2020.

have 74.7% fewer children


In Afghanistan, there are approximately 36.7 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Qatar, there are 9.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 18.9% more likely to have access to electricity


In Afghanistan, approximately 84% of the population has electricity access as of 2012. In Qatar, 100% of the population do as of 2016.

be 7.4 times more likely to have internet access


In Afghanistan, approximately 13.5% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Qatar, about 99.7% do as of 2018.

be 42.5% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Afghanistan, approximately 70% of people have improved drinking water access as of 2017. In Qatar, 100% of people do as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 29.3% less on education


Afghanistan spends 4.1% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Qatar spends 2.9% of total GDP on education as of 2017.

Qatar: At a glance

Qatar is a sovereign country in Middle East, with a total land area of approximately 11,586 sq km. Ruled by the Al Thani family since the mid-1800s, Qatar transformed itself from a poor British protectorate noted mainly for pearling into an independent state with significant oil and natural gas revenues. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Qatari economy was crippled by a continuous siphoning off of petroleum revenues by the Amir, who had ruled the country since 1972. His son, the current Amir HAMAD bin Khalifa Al Thani, overthrew the father in a bloodless coup in 1995. In short order, HAMAD oversaw the creation of the pan-Arab satellite news network Al-Jazeera and Qatar's pursuit of a leadership role in mediating regional conflicts. In the 2000s, Qatar resolved its longstanding border disputes with both Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. As of 2007, oil and natural gas revenues had enabled Qatar to attain the highest per capita income in the world. Qatar has not experienced domestic unrest or violence like that seen in other Near Eastern and North African countries in 2010-11, due in part to its immense wealth. Since the outbreak of regional unrest, however, Doha has prided itself on its support for many of these popular revolutions, particularly in Libya and Syria. In mid-2013, HAMAD transferred power to his 33 year-old son, TAMIM bin Hamad - a peaceful abdication rare in the history of Arab Gulf states. TAMIM has prioritized improving the domestic welfare of Qataris, including establishing advanced healthcare and education systems and expanding the country's infrastructure in anticipation of Doha's hosting of the 2022 World Cup.

How big is Qatar compared to Afghanistan? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

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